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Edna Waldington of Drew, formerly of Ruleville

Edna Waldington of Drew, formerly of Ruleville, died December 30, 2017, at Walter B. Crook Nursing Home in Ruleville.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018, at New Life Church in Renova with Bishop Roderick Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Lehrton Cemetery in Ruleville.
Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018, at Byas Funeral Home in Ruleville. Family hour will follow from 5-6 p.m.
She is survived by sons James Johnson Waldington of Cleveland, Jackie Allen of Los Angeles, Randy Johnson of Memphis, Ronald Johnson of Ruleville and Larry Waldington of Oxford; daughters Kathern Barber, Melva Jean White, Dorothy Kent, Gail Delores, Williams and Willie Fields Bradley; brothers Walter Brown, Jessie Earl Johnson and Ronzo Johnson; sisters Claudine McCain of Greenwood and Vadie Rogers of Ruleville; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Linda Faye Crockam Dixon, 52, of Clarksdale, formerly of Cleveland

Linda Faye Crockam Dixon, 52, of Clarksdale, formerly of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at Baptist Memorial East Hospital in Memphis.

Visitation is Friday, December 29, 2017 from 2-5 p.m. at Brinson Funeral Home in Cleveland.

Funeral service will be Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. at New Morning Star COGIC Cleveland officiated by Elder Darrell Keith Dixon. Burial will be in Clarksdale at the Heavenly Rest cemetery on U.S. Highway 61 North.

Survivors include her parents, Eddie and Mary Crockam of Cleveland; brothers Eddie M. Crockam, Jr. and Elliot Crockam; sisters, Priscilla, Sharon, Leola Shirley, Jackie and Shorlone; nephews, nieces, cousins and loving in-laws and family members.

Hattie Lee, 78, of Shaw

Hattie Lee, 78, of Shaw died December 16, 2017, at Baptist Hospital of Yazoo City.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Christ Temple in Shaw with burial following in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017, at Byas Funeral Home in Cleveland and an hour prior to the service.
Survivors include sons Ram and Eugene Lee, both of Shaw, brothers Joe and GW Bass Sr., both of Shaw; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Erma J. Westley, 64

Erma J. Westley, 64, died December 18, 2017, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland.
Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Mt. Olive in Cleveland with Pastor Jerry Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Delta Heights Cemetery in Cleveland.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017, at Byas Funeral Home in Cleveland.
Survivors include sons Tony Westley of Cleveland and Dennis Westley of Pace; daughters Jarmiter Westley Harris, Jaquitta Westley, Carla Westley Redford and Jennifer Westley, all of Cleveland, and Anita Westley of Richmond, VA; brothers Wash Westley and James Tucker of Detroit, MI; sisters Ledora Franklin of Memphis, TN; and 19 grandchildren.

Teresa Carol Moody Norris, 60, of Pontotoc

Mrs. Teresa Carol Moody Norris, 60, of Pontotoc, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017, at Ray Funeral Home.
Celebration of Life services will immediately follow beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017, at Ray Funeral Home with Rev. Crockett Kennedy officiating. Interment will be in New Cleveland Cemetery.
Mrs. Norris was born to Abner Carol “Stubby” Moody and Wilma Jean Weeks Moody on December 7, 1957, in Houston, TX. On September 4, 1982, she married William Craig Norris in Round Lake, MS.  She loved crafting, painting, fishing, camping, singing, researching family history, and cooking. She was the kind of person who could make anybody laugh, and she found joy in spending time with family and friends. 
She is preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer Lynn Kimble; parents, Abner Carol “Stubby” Moody and Wilma Jean Moody; and siblings, John Randall Moody, Larry Wayne Moody, and Michael Lee Moody.
Mrs. Norris is survived by her husband of 35 years, William Craig Norris of Pontotoc; children, James Johnathan Kimble (Bridgett) of Amory, Elizabeth Joann Terry (James) of Cleveland; and Jamie Miracle Norris of Cleveland; brother, Richard Vernon Moody (Roylene) of Merigold; sister, Elizabeth Ann Roberson of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Christopher Scott Kimble, Jonathan Paul Williams, MaKayla Cheyenne Kimble, Kevin Paul Williams Jr., Larry Brayden Salley, Russell Wayne Norris, Riley James Terry, and Morgan Jakob Terry; and great-grandchildren, Deacon Cale Kimble, McKinlee Claire Kimble, Brynlee Olivia Kimble, and Emmerie Hayzleigh Jayde Scott.
Pallbearers will be Chris Kimble, Paul Williams, Brayden Salley, R. J. Norris, Riley Terry, Tony Roberson, John Earl Moody, and Jesus “Chewy” Rodriguez.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Terry, James Kimble, William Norris, and Joseph Moody.
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What's Going On: Dec. 22, 2017

Friday
8 a.m.-4 p.m. — GED class for advanced students at United Family Life Village in Cleveland.
10 a.m. — Story hour for stay at home parents will be held at the Robinson-Carpenter Memorial Library in Cleveland.
11 a.m. — Ribbon Cutting at Healthy Living Family Medical Clinic in Gunnison.
Noon — Lions Club will meet at the Cleveland Country Club.
6 p.m. — Closed AA meeting at 400 N. Sharpe Ave. in Cleveland
6 p.m. — Al Anon meeting at 400 N. Sharpe Ave. in Cleveland. Al Anon Family Groups offer strength and hope to anyone who has been affected by someone else's drinking. For more information, call 662-846-1132.

Saturday
11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Live Music in downtown Cleveland by DJ Nolden
11 a.m.-2 p.m. —Selfies with Santa in downtown Cleveland.
11 a.m.-noon — Pre-School Storyhour will be held at the Robinson-Carpenter Memorial Library
Noon — Closed AA meeting at 400 N. Sharpe Ave. in Cleveland

Sunday
8:30 a.m. — Closed AA meeting at 400 N. Sharpe Ave. in Cleveland.
4 p.m. — Closed AA meeting at 400 N. Sharpe Ave. in Cleveland (Non-smoking)
7:30 p.m. — Closed NA meeting at First Methodist Church, 318 S. Court, in Cleveland

Monday
8 a.m. — ABE/GED classes at the Cleveland WIN Job Center
8 a.m.-4 p.m. — GED class for advanced students at United Family Life Village in Cleveland.
5-7 p.m. — Youth of Bernice’s Booster Club for Youth Inc. will meet.
6:30 p.m. — Open NA meeting, Step Study at Yale Street Baptist Church in Cleveland.
7:30 p.m. — Closed AA meeting at Renova Town Hall (non smoking)
8 p.m. — NA meeting in the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church in Rosedale

Tuesday
8 a.m.-4 p.m. — GED class for advanced students at United Family Life Village in Cleveland
9-11:45 a.m. — GED classes at St. Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou
9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Sewing class at St. Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Microsoft Word class at St. Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou.
6 p.m. — A mixed level yoga class at the Delta Arts Alliance Annex in Cleveland
6 p.m. — The Tuesday Night Pickers will play at Grover's Corner in Cleveland
7 p.m. — Open AA meeting at 400 N. Sharpe Ave. in Cleveland

Wednesday
8 a.m.-4 p.m. — GED class for advanced students at United Family Life Village in Cleveland
9-11:45 a.m. — GED classes at St. Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou
10-11 a.m. — Microsoft Excel class at St Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Power Point class at St. Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou
Noon — Rotary Club of Cleveland will meet at the Cleveland Country Club
7 p.m. — Closed AA meeting at 400 N. Sharpe Ave. in Cleveland.

Thursday
8 a.m.-noon — ABE/GED classes at the Cleveland WIN Job Center
8 a.m.-4 p.m. — GED class for advanced students at United Family Life Village in Cleveland
9-11:45 a.m. — GED classes at St. Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou
9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Sewing class at St. Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou
10-11 a.m. — Microsoft Access class at St. Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou
Noon — Exchange Club of Cleveland will not meet at the Cleveland Country Club.
5 p.m. — Weight Watchers will meet at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church.
6 p.m. — There will be a meeting of the Charles Metcalf Flight of the Civil Air Patrol at the Cleveland Airport Terminal Building. All members and interested guest are invited.
7 p.m. — AA meeting at 400 N. Sharpe Ave. in Cleveland
7 p.m. — Al Anon meeting at 400 N. Sharpe Ave. in Cleveland. Al Anon Family Groups offer strength and hope to anyone who has been affected by someone else's drinking. For more information, call 662-846-1132.

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Willie “Bill” Lee Green Sr.

Willie “Bill” Lee Green Sr. was born September 3, 1947 in Pace to the late Fred and Alice Green. He departed this life on November 23, 2017, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland.

He accepted Christ at an early age. He was joined in holy matrimony June 26, 2004, to Rozella Lewis.

Willie was preceded in death by his mother and father and two beloved brothers Leon Green and Fred Green Jr.

Willie attended Pace Consolidated School, H.M. Nailor Elementary and East Side High School in Cleveland. During his life Willie worked at Rexall Drugs, East Bolivar County Hospital, Levingston Furniture, Douglas and Lomason, Lowry Tims and Duo-Fast Corporation. He spent the majority of his life as an entrepreneur owning and operating Green’s Muffler Center.

He loved to cook, ride his motorcycle, attend motorcycle shows, and work on cars, but most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, December 1, 2017, from 2-6 p.m. at Brinson Funeral Home in Cleveland.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Vernon Memorial Apostolic Faith Church in Cleveland with Dr. Billy C. Moore officiating. Interment will be in Westlawn Memorial Gardens in Cleveland.

Willie leaves to cherish his fond memories his wife Rozella; seven children Willie Dexter Jordan (Sheryl) of Kansas City, MO, Melvin Cleve James III of Tupelo, Alexandria Nicole Green of Atlanta, GA, Willie Lee Green Jr. (Sherica Rhyan) of Kansas City, MO; John Jackson Jr. (Melissa) of Sterling Heights, MI, Jennifer Jackson and Latoya Jackson of Cleveland; 11 siblings Florida Gillespie of Nashville, TN, Earl (Tencie) Porter of Chicago, IL, James (Voncile) Green of Laurel, Albert (Linda) Green and McArthur Green of Chicago, IL, Nobles (Earnestine) Green of Germantown, TN, Harold (Glenda) Green of Irvington, NJ, Harvey (Delois) Green of Renova, Shirley (Robert) Turner of Cleveland, Deborah (Billy) Moore of Cleveland and Jacqueline (Charles) Dunn of Stafford, TX. He also leaves to his memory 20 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, a host of nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins and friends.

James Collins Sr., 72, of Shelby

James Collins Sr., 72, of Shelby died April 3, 2017, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Pilgrim Chapel Church in Winstonville with Rev. Jefferick Butler officiating. Burial will be in Traveler’s Rest Cemetery in Alligator.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017, at Byas Funeral Home in Shelby with family hour from 4-5 p.m.

Survivors include wife Barbara Collins of Winstonville; daughters Cynteria, Sholandia and Vonsha Collins of Cartersville, GA, Felicia Collins of Mound Bayou and Shertora Collins of Winstonville; sons James Collins Jr. of Cleveland, Gregory, Dexter and Anthony Collins, all of Shelby, Glenn Collins of Lansing, MI, and Kiniski Collins of Jackson; sisters Annie Britton of Shelby, Gertrude Collins of Clarksdale, Joyce Ann Collins of Bobo, Perlie and Alice Collins and Louise Collins, both of Detroit; brothers Willie Earl Collins of Roundway,  and Jimmy and Robert Collins of Bobo; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ken Lavell Rogers, 46, of Crystal Springs, formerly of Drew

Ken Lavell Rogers, 46, of Crystal Springs, formerly of Drew, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Merit Health Hospital in Flowood.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December 5, 2016, at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Cleveland with Dr. Billy C. Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Drew Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, December 4, 2015, with family hour following from 5-6 p.m. at W.S. Brandon Mortuary. A visitation will also begin at 10 a.m. prior to the service Monday at the church.

Survivors include mother Lestine Rogers of Cleveland; father Edward E. (Wanda) Monroe of Chattanooga, TN; sisters Tarsha Rogers Causey of Cleveland and Vivian Monroe Burns and Veronica Monroe Reed, both of Chattanooga, TN; and brother Cedric Scurlark of Flint, MI.

Gerald Joseph “Jerry” Rocconi, 64, of Cleveland

Gerald Joseph “Jerry” Rocconi, 64, of Cleveland passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016, at UMC in Jackson.  Visitation will be 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 4, 2016, at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church.  A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow beginning at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 4, 2016, at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church with Father Kent Bowlds officiating.  Interment will be in New Cleveland Cemetery.

Mr. Rocconi was born in Cleveland, MS, on May 8, 1952, to Albert Paul Rocconi and Eileen Avaltroni Rocconi.  He retired from the Farmers Home Administration after many years of work in Agricultural Loans.  He had a sense of humor that was his own, and he enjoyed working in his yard. He enjoyed music especially the blues.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert Paul Rocconi and Eileen Avaltroni Rocconi; sister, Kathleen Rocconi Malone; and brother-in-law, Mike Malone.

Mr. Rocconi is survived by his siblings, Carol Rocconi McAdory (Mike) of Noxapater,  Albert “Buddy” Rocconi, Jr. of Cleveland, David Rocconi (Mary Frances) of Boyle, Tommy Rocconi of Hattiesburg, Jody Rocconi of Boyle, and Peter Rocconi (Christie) of Boyle; nieces and nephews, Michele Maxey (Max), Mich McAdory (Jennifer), Bert Rocconi (Chloe), Reed Rocconi, Brittany Hightower (Jay), Dave Rocconi (Faren), Louis Rocconi (Mary Anne), Kathleen Treece (Justin), Daniele Tatum (Craig), Austin Rocconi, Marie Ware (Brian), Cortnie Rocconi, Kelsie Rocconi, Dustin Rocconi (Rebeccah), Mattie Rocconi, and Carolyn Cole Rocconi; and a host of beloved great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers will be his nephews: Mich McAdory, Dave Rocconi, Louis Rocconi, Dustin Rocconi, Max Maxey, Brian Ware, Craig Tatum, Justin Treece, Jay Hightower, Bert Rocconi, Reed Rocconi, and Austin Rocconi.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Fredrick, Kenny Cannon, Jr., Malcolm Hardin, Joseph Crews, Danny Davis, Terry Rocconi, and George Fioranelli.

The family would like to thank the ladies who provided special care to Mr. Rocconi: Vontressa Stanton, Kenethia Stanton, and Gloria McKnight. Special thanks go to his main caregiver Beverly Kovarcik for everything she did.

The family would like to thank the ladies who provided gracious care to Mr. Rocconi: Vontressa Stanton, Kenethia Stanton, and Gloria McKnight. Special thanks also go to Beverly Kovarcik for everything she has done.

In memory of Mr. Rocconi, donations may be made to the ALS Foundation.

To view and sign the online guestbook, go to www.rayfuneralhome.net

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